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[puh-des-tree-uh n] /pəˈdɛs tri ən/
a person who goes or travels on foot; walker.
going or performed on foot; walking.
of or relating to walking.
lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction, etc.; commonplace; prosaic or dull:
a pedestrian commencement speech.
Origin of pedestrian
1710-20; < Latin pedestri- (stem of pedester on foot, derivative of pēs (stem ped-); see pedi-) + -an
Related forms
nonpedestrian, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pedestrian
  • Do - Allow the pedestrian the right of way, he/she is on your team.
  • It should be simple enough: Arm goes up, cab pulls over, pedestrian becomes passenger.
  • At this rather pedestrian speed, the feature appears to work well.
  • Limiting the number of pedestrians that approach an exit at once can have beneficial effects, a study finds.
  • We started to build a lot of pedestrian infrastructure.
  • If the pedestrian is wearing dark clothing, you may not see him until it's too late to stop.
  • It is a strictly pedestrian area, though fully handicapped accessible.
  • Common sense is that railroad trestles need pedestrian walkways.
  • All this might seem a little pedestrian for one of the winners of the crisis.
  • The food rarely rises above a pedestrian level.
British Dictionary definitions for pedestrian


  1. a person travelling on foot; walker
  2. (as modifier): a pedestrian precinct
dull; commonplace: a pedestrian style of writing
Word Origin
C18: from Latin pedester, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for pedestrian

1716, "prosaic, dull" (of writing), from Latin pedester (genitive pedestris) "plain, not versified, prosaic," literally "on foot" (sense contrasted with equester "on horseback"), from pedes "one who goes on foot," from pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Meaning "going on foot" is first attested 1791 in English (it also was a sense of Latin pedester). The earlier adjective in English was pedestrial (1610s).


"walker," 1793, from pedestrian (adj.).

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